March 27, 2016

Police in schools cause more trouble than safety

Jenny L Egan, Baltimore Sun - Study after study has shown that the presence of police in schools does not make schools safer. Instead, it increases the likelihood of students being pushed into the criminal justice system for low-level offenses; I've seen students in Baltimore charged for everything from throwing a carrot in a food fight to stealing Pokémon cards. According to a new study, the odds of a student accused of a low-level offense being referred to law enforcement in a school with a regular police presence is between 1.38 and 1.83 times higher than those without police. Another study shows that school based arrests double the probability for dropout, even controlling for all other factors like grades and previous arrest records.

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